posted on Jan, 26 2010 @ 06:28 PM
Beautiful post. I could not put it better myself.
For me, I actually base my approach on Socrates motto "All I know is that I know nothing".
To explain my approach:
What is a prerequisite for knowing something? Not knowing something. To know, you must not know.
Now, since you must not know it, to know it, it means that you must heavily scrutinize what you "know". How can you say you know it? History has
shown on countless occasions in science, spiritual belief, etc, that what was once believed can change over time. To dig further, even the foundations
of what hasn't changed in the orthodoxy of ANYTHING, there is evidence and sound logical theories of the opposite. Furthermore, we do not know the
extents of what there is to know! It's like a puzzle, and we have no picture of what it is supposed to look like, we do not know where the borders
for the puzzle are, we don't even know how some pieces are connected. Hell, we haven't found all the pieces yet!
Terence Mckenna once said "When you believe in something, you take away a part of your freedom. Because you are almost more inclined to have
preconceived notions for the opposite, regardless of the argument." Dogma, of all kinds, takes away our freedom. In the most subtlest ways, because
beliefs control what is capable for future thoughts on matters. Dogma exists in religion, science, academia, society and culture. We live our lives
anchored to dogmatic beliefs, and it disables us of being able to discern other truths of reality.
Lets face it, you can prove anything "true". What is "true" is a very dynamic force, from individual to individual. In my belief, we are all
capable of discerning the absolute truth. And in a variety of ideas and philosophies, metaphysics and sciences, the people who discover an absolute
truth discover this truth in on a first hand experience. Even regular people, if you SEE a UFO, you'll be a UFO believer. If Christ manifests in
front of you and does a tap dance, you'll believe in Christ, and even possibly take up tap dancing lessons. If a Jew f-cks with you, you'll think
all Jews are evil. Personal experiences generate absolute truths. That is the source of all preconceived truths.
Going off this, is shows that for anyone, who desires the absolute truth, needs to discover such on a personal experience. You can learn from teachers
and preachers, scientists and spiritualists, they have ideas and beliefs. To follow them fully is folly. To believe in it at all is stupid. But to
follow their truths and discern your own truths from their methods and branch of ideas from their own, learn a vast variety of truths and to look from
WITHIN to find the absolute truth, you can find the absolute truth.
My absolute truth is used in two contexts in my belief. Above it is used to describe an individuals total belief system and what they consider true,
and how they are discovered. Through my own discoveries, I've come to realize that esoteric practices, mindsets, discerning truths solely through
your personal experiences, keeping an utterly open mind based on the fact that we don't know anything.
Through the esoteric approach, though, the puzzle becomes easier. You can seemingly recall the puzzles picture in your mind. You can use your senses,
physical and mental, to fit things together and discover more. And I realized something; we are all one. Existence is created by fragments of One
Entity, one giant interconnected field of energy. We are all apart of it still, but from our view not all fragments and connections are clear. But
with looking within, you can begin to recall past fragments, and past connections.
This is my belief on knowledge and how to discern the absolute truth. And hey, it works for me.